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Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

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Teddy bears picnic

Science and Technology - Living World

Available late Term 3 and early Term 4

Program overview

Students explore the magical world of the Royal National Park through the eyes of Edward, chief Teddy Bear. To start their adventure, students receive a letter from Edward inviting them to bring their teddies (or other soft toy) to a picnic in the Royal National Park. Through hands-on and sensory activities, they learn about the needs of living things and gain a respect for the natural world.

Program feedback

"The excursion enabled the students to put into practice, all that they had learned in the classroom regarding living things and their needs. Being able to play games and interect with nature in the fabulous way they can do at this excursion, meant they could consolidate their learning in a fun and valuable way. This truly is the best excursion for young students!!"


Royal National Park Environmental Education CentreBungoona Path and surrounds

Key syllabus outcomes

  • Students explore the characteristics, needs and uses of living things STe-3LW-ST
  • Students observe, question and collect data to communicate ideas STe-1WS-S

Skills focus - working scientifically

Planning and conducting investigations

  • make observations using senses through participation in guided scientific investigations
  • record observations using drawings, simple digital recording methods, oral descriptions and/or simple visual representations (ACSIS011)


  • share observations and ideas based on guided investigations (ACSIS012)

Inquiry question

  • What do we notice about living things?


Characteristics and basic needs of living things


  • recognise that living things have basic needs including air, food and water (ACSSU002)
  • compare the basic needs of some plants and animals
  • participate in guided investigations to identify living things and the external features of plants and animals in the local environment SciT
  • communicate findings of observations of living things in their environment SciT

Learning experiences

PAWS Board and Story Time

Students read a big book about Edward, chief Teddy Bear. They learn the secret of PAWS (Plants Animals Water Shelter) and use the PAWS flip board to reinforce the concept.

Habitat Games

Students play games to reinforce the concept of PAWS. Teddy Bear Tag reinforces the concept of PAWS as the needs of living things. Musical Trees focuses on the need for shelter and for protecting the natural environment.

Environmental Awareness Activities

Students go on a bushwalk along Bungoona Path. Along the walk students participate in a range of sensory awareness activities to engage with the place. Activities may include: mirror walks, invertebrate search, whiff cups, touchy feely bag, blindfold walks, matching colours.

Teddy Bears Picnic

After their bushwalk students discover that Edward is missing! They follow PAWS clues to find Edward and join him for a picnic lunch under the trees.